I'm currently working on a concept for a daytime bookstore and cafe that transforms into a speakeasy-themed bar at night, offering a cozy and creative environment for artists, writers, and other creative professionals surrounded by the vintage aesthetic of the prohibition era.
This idea came about as I was sipping a drink at a jazz club several months ago. I wrote a note in my journal about a place similar but offered an experience. As I began developing the backstory, I remembered by favorite spot as a child in my hometown: my local bookstore. Nestled downtown between the small cinema and a barbershop, this bookstore offered a quiet and place to browse for your next reading adventure.
I began thinking: a bookstore...and coffee...okay, a cafe where you come and sit and read, work, chill with friends...This slowly turned into a place where creative professionals like myself can come and work or relax during the day. But the daytime operation was just a way part of this experience. The real gem would be the speakeasy located in the basement, its entrance hidden behind a breakaway bookshelf.
In my next post I will provide an in-progress treatment for the backstory of The Drafting Table.